IPL 2021: Why is Virat Kohli not excited despite RCB's consecutive opening wins?
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the three teams in the Indian Premier League to have not won the title to date. It has finished as the runner-up on three occasions, besides finishing fourth in IPL 2020. In IPL 2021, it has won two consecutive opening games.
When it comes to Royal Challengers Bangalore, it is undoubtedly one of the most fan-followed teams in the Indian Premier League, thanks to it being led by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. However, it has failed to have success when it comes to winning the title.
As for IPL 2021, RCB is off to a decent start, winning its opening two games. While it marginally tamed defending champion Mumbai Indians in the season opener, it trumped Sunrisers Hyderabad in almost a similar fashion on Wednesday.
Kohli and co would be desperately aiming to change the side's fortunes this season and finally give the fans something to celebrate by winning the title. However, the skipper is not getting complacent despite winning the opening two games and believes there is still a long road ahead.
"To be very honest, we are not over-excited with wins this season. We have plans. We traded Harshal from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he's doing a great job," Kohli said following the win over SRH.
Speaking on the game against SRH, Kohli reckoned, "I told the guys don't think that we struggled to get to 149. If it was tough for us, it will be tough for them as well. Our execution under pressure was spot on. It kept getting tougher and tougher with the old ball. I think Maxi's innings was the difference for us."
Meanwhile, SRH skipper David Warner was all praise for his bowler but rued that his batsmen did not play their part. "Our bowlers were fantastic to restrict them. Maxwell batted well and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end, but we failed to do that. We needed to build a partnership and play proper cricket shots. We played cross-batted shots, and that's not the way to play here. This hurts," he concluded.